Stars-Avalanche Preview

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Monday February 4
8:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (3-5-1) lost 2-0 at Phoenix Saturday, going 1-1-0 in a weekend home-and-home with the Coyotes. The Stars, who were shutout for the second time in five road games, have scored just four goals on the road this season.

“I don’t think we threw enough pucks randomly at the net and got bodies there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We get a little too cute. It wasn’t until later until we started to do that. When you’re on your heels a quarter of the game, that’s what happens, no momentum.”

The Stars, who were outshot 34-17 in the game, were shorthanded seven times and were on the power play for just 41 seconds in the game.

Derek Roy, who has missed the last five games with a groin injury, is expected to return for Monday night’s game.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Monday.

Injuries:  C Derek Roy (groin) is expected to play. G Cristopher Nilstorp (groin) is day to day. LW Ray Whitney (foot) is out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (4-4-0) won their second straight game, defeating Edmonton, 3-1, Saturday afternoon in Denver. The Avalanche improved to 3-0-0 at home.

“I just think in order to have a lot of success in this league, you have to be a dominant home team,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “We’re off to a good start and there’s a long way to go, but certainly it’s the way we want to play at home. We want to play a fast, quick game. You take care of business on the road here and there, but if you can take care of it consistently at home you’re going to have a better chance at success.”

PA Parenteau scored his team-leading sixth goal in the victory.

Forward Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado’s top scorer last season, remains an unsigned restricted free agent.

Injuries:  D Ryan Wilson (ankle), RW Steve Downie (knee), LW Gabriel Landeskog (head/neck) and RW David Jones (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars were 2-2-0 (4 points) against the Avalanche last season.

*The Avalanche were 2-1-1 (5 points) against the Stars last season.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars and Avalanche are the two worst teams in the league when it comes to power play versus times shorthanded differential. The Stars are minus-17 (28 power plays to 45 times shorthanded) and the Avalanche are minus-15 (27 power plays to 42 times shorthanded).

*Colorado is 2-27 (7.4%) on the power play this season, including 1-20 (5.0%) over the last six games.

*The Stars are 24-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*The Stars are 1-4-0 on the road this season, and have been outscored 8-4.

*Colorado is 3-0-0 at home, and has outscored its opposition 10-2.

*Avalanche forward PA Parenteau has 5 points (4 goals, 1 assists) over the last four games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Avalanche
Record 3-5-1 4-4-0
Home 2-1-1 3-0-0
Away 1-4-0 1-4-0
Streak Lost 1 Won 2
Goals/game 1.78 (29th) 2.38 (23rd)
Goals against/game 2.56 (13th) 2.50 (11th)
Shots/game 24.4 (29th) 29.2 (14th)
Shots against/game 34.1 (30th) 30.5 (20th)
Power play 14.3 (24th) 7.4 (30th)
Penalty kill 84.4 (9th) 76.2 (22nd)
Faceoffs 46.9 (26th) 48.5 (20th)
Team Leaders Stars Avalanche
Goals Ryder: 4 Parenteau: 6
Assists: Eakin: 5 Duchene: 7
Points: Whitney: 6 Duchene: 9
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 3-2-1, 2.62, .924
Bachman: 0-1-0, 1.88, .944
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Varlamov: 3-4-0, 2.41, .919
Giguere: 1-0-0, 2.25, .933

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